Prominent evangelical leader on Khashoggi crisis: let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales”

Oct 18, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things — like arms deals — to focus on.

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, appeared on its flagship television show The 700 Club on Monday to caution Americans against allowing the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia to deteriorate over Khashoggi’s death.

“For those who are screaming blood for the Saudis — look, these people are key allies,” Robertson said. While he called the faith of the Wahabists — the hardline Islamist sect to which the Saudi Royal Family belongs — “obnoxious,” he urged viewers to remember that “we’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of…it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly.”

Robertson praised the approach of President Donald Trump, who has publicly cast doubt on the allegations against the Saudis, comparing them to those of sexual assault against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month. On Wednesday, after the New York Times reported that it had obtained audio of Khashoggi being tortured, murdered, and dismembered inside the consulate, Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported that Trump said that he had requested the recording, “if it exists,” later adding “I’m not sure that it exists.”

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4 comments on “Prominent evangelical leader on Khashoggi crisis: let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales”

  • From the article above:

    A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things — like arms deals — to focus on.

    And there we have it – the public demonstration of the complete and absolute moral failure of the deluded brainwashed fundamentalist Christians. Pat Robertson, evangelical Christian leader, leading his flock right down into the immoral morass. Let’s see if any of his sheep have a shred of decency and one molecule of cognitive independence left to speak out for what’s right here. I won’t hold my breath waiting.
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  • While the GOP senators are running on a platform of anti-muslim rhetoric about how ‘dangerous’ they are, the GOP leadership are simultaneously delighting their base by trying to sell the home of Islam billions of dollars worth of weaponry. The irony and the shamelessness – quite aside from the demurring of Mr Khashoggi’s murder, is utterly breathtaking.

    How can these morally bankrupt evangelists even begin to reconcile that particular conundrum?
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